If you are on a Jaipur visit then you can add two more worth visit places to your itinerary Ajmer & Pushkar,situated at proximal distance of 120 kms. from Jaipur.In recent years footfall of domestic and foreign visitors increased in this places due to divine pilgrimage importance and surreal enviroment that would left you awestruck.
Ajmer-Pushkar on History
Situated in the green oasis wrapped in barren rugged hills Ajmer has been witness to an interesting past.The historic city was founded by Raja Ajai Pal Chauhan in the 7th century A.D. and continued to be a major power centre of Chauhan dynasty..When Prithviraj Chauhan lost to Mohammad Ghauri leaving behind indelible marks of their cultures & traditions on the history of city,converting it to an amalgam of various cultures and a blend of Hinduism & Islam.
Ajmer is among one of the popular pilgrimage centre with the presence of the famous dargah of Sufi saint Khwaja Moin-ud-Din Chishti and people of all faith & religion visits here to take blessings from around the globe.
Pushkar is among one of the oldest cities of India lies on the shore of pristine blue Pushkar Lake at a distance of approx 40 kms. from Ajmer. The date of its actual origin is not known but legend associates Lord Brahma with its creation.It is said that Lord Brahma performed penance here for 60,000 years to have a glimpse of Lord Vishnu.It is often known as “Tirth Raj”(King of all pilgrimage sites) and the only Brahma Temple of world is based here.
Places to Visit
The Dargah Sharif is the final resting place of Great Sufi saint Moin-ud-Din Chishti and the primier landmark of the Ajmer city.People of all faiths & religion visit here to offer prayers and ask for his blessings,it is believed that no one returns empty handed from His divine abode.The way to entrance leads you through narrow lane of colorful shops selling variety of chaddars,flowers,incence sticks and mouthwatering delicacies.The entrance gate is huge and one can feel the spiritual aura of the place as soon as you are on entrance gate,the mesmerising fragrance of perfumed incence sticks,fresh flowers & sandalwood will welcome you to holy place.The cameras are not allowed inside the dargah and you will have to cover your head before entering the dargah.The compond where sufi saint is buried is furnish with splendid gold work on walls and people offer prayers & put chaddar on the tomb and the priest tap on head with feather fan as a form of blessing.The ambience is heartwarming outside in the compond with qawwals reciting paeans to the Saint.There are two enormous cauldrons kept in which pilgrims donate food products & money that later on distributed among poor.Pilgrims also tie sacred threads here when they wished something from Saint and untie it when it fulfills.
Altogether this divine place kept the people of all religion and faith in one knot and spread the message of unity and equality with one belief that God is one.
Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra
There were stories behind the name of this Indo-Islamic masterpiece structure.Some says the the structure was constructed in two and a half days whereas some says aayats from Kuraan incribed on the walls in two and a half day whereas it was origanilly a temple destroyed by Mohammad Ghauri and converted into mosque.The structure has beautiful architure & carvings on the domes & pillars reflecting the influence of both indian and islamic styles.The main entrace has sanskrit incriptions whereas the mosque has design & architecture more like of temple.The old carved pillars,vaulted screens and a ruined temple converted into mosque makes it a must visit place in city.
Soniji Ki Nasiyan
This is a jain temple at th centre of which is not visited by many as the temple compound is restricted to visits of Jain’s however what makes its addition to the itinerary is its amazing mueseum and the mesmerising architectural work.The ground floor has temple whereas the other two floors are occupied with the attractive ‘Swarna Nagri’City of Gold where the miniatures of gold plated Palaces,armies,chariots,animals etc are kept on for display for all.
The scenic man-made lake Ana Sagar lake was constructed by Maharaja Arnoraja (1135-1150 AD), the grandfather of Maharaja Prithviraj Chauhan.The Lake is delimited by five marble baradaris(pavillions) with picturesque Daulat Bagh Gardens and Khobra Behroon temple.
Urs Fair is celebrated every year in the holy city of Ajmer, Rajasthan.It is organized in honoring the death anniversary of the great Sufi saint, Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti at his Dargah.It is celebrated with great cheerfulness and dedication by mostly the Muslim pilgrims at Dargah Sharif.The six days long auspicious fair is celebrated with full passion by the followers of saint, which comes to an end on sixth Rajab, ‘Chati Sharif’. The whole city of Ajmer is beautifully decorated to celebrate this fair. During these six religious days, pilgrims gather and offer prayers on the Dargah for prosperity and peace in their lives.
It is one of India’s holiest and oldest cities with the only temple of Lord Brahma in the country.The Pushkar Lake is the holiest lake in India and the main attraction of Pushkar with 52 enchanted Ghats based here.Pilgrims visit here to take bathe in the holy water of lake and perform prayers & ritual activities to cleanse thier sins.There are more than 400 small and big temples situated near the periphery of this lake.
This is the most popular attraction of the Pushkar city as it is the only temple of Lord Brahma in the country associated with many with many legends & believes,the temple is located near to the Pushkar lake and also known as “Tirth Raj”(King of all pilgrimage sites).The temple is mainly built of marble and stone stab.It is visited by pilgrims, holy men and sages after taking a dip in the holy lake.On Kartik Poornima, a festival dedicated to Brahma is held when large number of pilgrims visit the temple, after bathing in the Pushkar lake.The temple holds images of Brahman, Gayatri, Brahma’s symbol of the goose.It is said that Lord Brahma performed penance here for 60,000 years to have a glimpse of Lord Vishnu.
Tourists can also visit to some more prominent temples in the city namely Savitri temple,Vishnu Temple,Shiva Temple,Rangji Temple are popular among some big & small temples.
Pushkar fair is an experience of a lifetime that hovers on the mind of the travelers and leaves them craving for even more.Cattle fair is the highlight of the festival catching eyeballs of the travellers around the globe & portraying the marvelous cocktail of wonderful art,culture,tradition & celebration of colourful Rajasthan.It is one of the world’s largest camel fairs, and apart from buying and selling of livestock.It is a five days event celebrated on the eve of Kartik Shukal Ekadasi and falls in the month of October – November.It includes activities and various competitions with musical events,camel safaris,stays in camps and exhibitions.One another important factor that lures travelers into this charismatic fair is the camel competition.This is the test of how the camel is able to bring the items. In order to demonstrate, the men go up on the group of camels one after another.The camel which succeeds in accommodating the maximum number of people on its back, wins the competition.
Shopping & Food
The main road of Pushkar is the main market, littered with souvenir shops galore.Shop for embroidered fabrics such as wall hangings and shoulder bags, Rajasthani puppets and traditional music. You can buy these items from the Sarafa Bazaar, Bada Bazaar or Kedalganj Bazaar.
There is a huge footfall of foreign tourists seen in recent times that influenced a lot to restaurants present here.Authentic food of every cuisine is available with the ambience and language one speaks but lacks the original taste of Rajasthan.
Best time to visit
Ajmer & Pushkar has an extreme climate with summers have very hot days thogh nights can be cold so winters are the best time to visit(Sep-March) whereas Pushkar Fair falls in month of Oct-Nov that is treat for tourists.
Ajmer & Pushkar are very well connected from jaipur by road.Ajmer is 130 kms away from Jaipur and 30-40 mins drive from Ajmer will take to reach Pushkar.
Nearest railway station is Ajmer which is well connected to all major cities.There are trains like Shatabdi Expresswhich connects Ajmer with Delhi.
Jaipur is the nearest airport connected to Ajmer.
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